Timeline: End Of An Era For World’s Oldest Scheduled Helicopter Service

The announcement by BIH that they will be pulling out of the helicopter routes to the Isles of Scilly will bring to a close the World’s longest running scheduled helicopter service.

Timeline of helicopter service to Scilly:

  • 1964 – British Airways Helicopters starts scheduled helicopter service to St Mary’s
  • 1983 – Route to Tresco begins
  • 1983 – British Airways Helicopters Sikorsky S-61N crashes en-route from Penzance to St Mary’s airport in low visibility. 20 of the 26 passengers and crew lost their lives
  • 1986 – British Airways Helicopters privatised and sold to company financed by publisher, Robert Maxwell. Renamed British International Helicopters
  • 1993 – BIH became the UK subsidiary of CHC Helicopters, as Brintel Helicopters Limited.
  • 2006 – BIH finalise a management buy-out
  • Oct 2011 – Cornwall Council grant planning permission for a supermarket on the Penzance heliport site. BIH announce plans to sell the site to Sainsbury’s.
  • Nov 2011 – BIH announce they are pulling their application for a new heliport at St Erth
  • Aug 2012 – Cornwall announce judicial review into planning decision
  • Aug 2012 – BIH say they will end scheduled air services to the Isles of Scilly

 



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